Motor vehicles on Washington roadways are subject to width limits to help ensure safe travel and help to avoid any car accidents, semi-truck accidents, motorcycle accidents or any other motor vehicle accidents. Vehicles are not to exceed 8 ½ feet except for limited exceptions for items such as external mirrors, safety devices, and appurtenances on recreational vehicles such as an awning on a motorhome. More information for size, width and length requirements can be found in RCW 46.44.
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Washington RCWs 46.44.010-.013 are as follows:
RCW 46.44.010: Outside Width Limit
The total outside width of any vehicle or load thereon must not exceed eight and one-half feet; except that an externally mounted rear vision mirror may extend beyond the width limits of the vehicle body to a point that allows the driver a view to the rear of the vehicle along both sides in conformance with Federal National Safety Standard 111 (49 C.F.R. 571.111), and RCW 46.37.400. Excluded from this calculation of width are certain devices that provide added safety, energy conservation, or are otherwise necessary and are not designed or used to carry cargo. The width-exclusive devices must be identified in rules adopted by the department of transportation under RCW 46.44.101. A width-exclusive device must not extend more than three inches beyond the width limit of the vehicle body.
RCW 46.44.013: Appurtenances on Recreational Vehicles
Motorhomes, travel trailers and campers may exceed the maximum width established under RCW 46.44.010 if the excess width is attributable to appurtenances that do not extend beyond the body of the vehicle by more than four inches, or if an awning, by more than six inches. As used in this section, “appurtenance” means an appendage that is installed by a factory or a vehicle dealer and is intended as an integral part of the motorhome, travel trailer, or camper. “Appurtenance” does not include an item temporarily affixed or attached to the exterior of a vehicle for the purpose of transporting the item from one location to another. “Appurtenance” does not include an item that obstructs the driver’s rearward vision.
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